Volumetric Video – a Study in Depth

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Join the Content Production & Delivery SIG to get up to date with the science and applications of multi-dimensional imaging.

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About the event

Volumetric video content and 3D visual models can be created using techniques such as stereoscopic/multiview camera arrays, scanning with RGB-D/laser sensors, and photogrammetry with light detection and ranging (LiDAR) mapping. As the demand for more interactive and realistic imaging increases, we will see more and more volumetric video content in our lives. Companies are starting to use 3D modelling in their product designs, and embed 3D video players on their websites for marketing and commercial purposes; and the general public will share 3D videos and immersive experiences on social media using their smart phones. As AR/VR platforms develop further, industry is finding applications for ‘digital twins’, where virtual representations of real-time physical objects and processes can be employed as digital counterparts to improve communication, efficiency and quality in production.

This online event will open up the science and applications of multi-dimensional imaging. Drawing on speakers who are the leading exponents of this exciting technology area, they will present a comprehensive picture of the state-of-the-art in creation, processing, transmission and display of volumetric video content.

This event will link into a future “hands-on-line” workshop/sandpit event, at which delegates will not only learn how to create and manipulate volumetric AV content, but will be able to discuss new applications and potential partnership projects with relevant players in the sector.

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We do have LIMITED FREE PLACES AVAILABLE for this event for those who are under 35 and for organisations of less than 5 employees. For further information and to claim a free place please contact clare.kettle@cambridgewireless.co.uk.

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Welcome from our CEO, Simon Mead, CW


Welcome from our Chair David Crawford, Ravensbourne University London and Content Production & Delivery SIG Champion


‘That's Enlightentainment! Making Multi-dimensional Magic With GenieMo’ -James Marks, Co-Founder, PlayLa.bZ

‘That's Enlightentainment! Making Multi-dimensional Magic With GenieMo’

"It might feel like it’s fresh from a sci-fi film, but this technology is available, affordable, and accessible now." Jisc, Digifest 2020

The invention and DNA of the world's first volumetric video “HoloPortal” facility has evolved into 'GenieMo Alpha’ - a free DIY spatial social-cast communication & 4D storytelling software platform. This has been coded and crafted during the UK lockdowns, following 5 years of award-winning multi-dimensional motion arts R&D insight at Ravensbourne University London, with support from Innovate UK Business-led Funding.


'How did they do that?! Volumetric video explained' - Lauren Dyer, Director of Strategic Partnerships, Dimension Studio

'How did they do that?! Volumetric video explained'

Volumetric video performances are powering some of the most immersive and effective experiences in entertainment, healthcare and beyond. From the recent Balenciaga video game Afterworld: The Age of Tomorrow to Health Education England's Covid-19 training, volumetric, digital humans are central to the future of how we consume and engage with content. This session gives a primer for volumetric video production, using some of the most innovative use cases to date, and touches on the future of the technology.


'HYPER - aligning digital and real spaces to redefine interactions' - Yates Buckley, CTO, UNIT9

'HYPER - aligning digital and real spaces to redefine interactions'

A new class of applications are emerging that integrate augmented and virtual reality with physical environments. Typically described as mixed reality, these applications are deployed in highly controlled spaces with expensive tracking technologies. HYPER is focused on bringing the new mixed reality experiences to a broader developer base for wider industrial applications. By accurately aligning digital space with the real world we can look at new design problems that have the human body subject to complex spatial constraints. With HYPER we make spatial alignment easy, enabling design experiences where proprioception and tactile feedback can be leveraged to solve real-world problems.


ARCloud - a crowd-sourced 3D mapping - Jérôme Royan , Senior Architect, b<>com, France

'ARCloud - a crowd-sourced 3D mapping'

In XR domain, volumetric video is a well-known application of 3D reconstruction. But 3D reconstruction is also used by most XR devices for inside-out 6DoF tracking based on SLAM, and the ARCloud technology plans to distribute it in the cloud with 5G connectivity to provide large-scale multi-user XR experiences. How does this technology work? What are the benefits of the ARCloud, the technological challenges, and above all what are the future impacts of such technology on our society? Welcome to a new world, an augmented world!


Panel session with all speakers chaired by Nadia Aziz, Unbound Future Ltd and Content Production & Delivery SIG Champion


Closing remarks and event ends


Yates Buckley - CTO, UNIT9

Yates has a broad experience of technology applied to creative production. His personal interest is in how technology is enabling new tools for expression. His interests are diverse, from neuroscience, game-design for health and training to solving problems in space for immersive applications in built environments. With HyperCRC, Yates has been looking at how blending actual reality with immersive can create a more accessible and believable embodied experience.

Lauren Dyer - Director of Strategic Partnerships, Dimension Studio

Lauren Dyer joined the Dimension team as Director of Strategic Partnerships in 2019. Lauren is responsible for long-term creative and strategic partnerships with brands, agencies and industry bodies working alongside Dimension to drive forward the development and adoption of volumetric, XR and real-time technologies.  With a resume including The Mill, MediaMonks and Stink Studios, Lauren has worked on some of the world’s first interactive films and immersive social content, producing tailor made projects as Facebook, Instagram and Snapchat. She is an active mentor and judge, part of the BIMA Interactive Technologies Council, and has spoken at conferences and events from Advertising Week Europe, Digital Shoreditch and D&AD. In 2020, Lauren was named a BIMA100 Tech Trailblazer and a Pitch Magazine Superwoman.

James Edward Marks - Co-Founder, PlayLa.bz

Co-Founder, SEEDS Mentor & RSA Fellow

Jérôme Royan - Senior Architect, b<>com

Jérôme Royan received an Engineer Degree in Computer Science from the National Institute of Applied Sciences of Rennes (INSA), France, in 2001, as well as a Master of research Degree in Computer Science from the University of Rennes in 2001. He received a Ph.D. Degree in Computer Science from the University of Rennes in 2005. During his Ph.D. studies, he was a R&D Engineer at Orange Labs (Rennes France), position that he holds until 2013. At b<>com since 2013, he led the Immersive Interactions laboratory. He represents teacher-researchers on b<>com’s Board of Directors. He is now the Senior Architect and Senior Scientist in charge of computer vision and machine learning applied to Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality. This primary research includes 3D interaction, immersive collaborative experiences, and immersive visualization of large quantities of data. Most recently, he has worked to improve the interoperability of augmented reality technologies by creating an industrial specification group at ETSI named Augmented Reality Framework, and by launching the open source SolAR initiative to address spatial computing distribution into the cloud dedicated to augmented reality.

SIG Champions

Nadia Aziz - Innovation Consultant, Unbounded Future Ltd

Nadia is an Evangelist of emerging technologies with an expertise in AR & VR and IoT technologies. She has advised C-level executives in Telecom and Media organisations for digital transformation and M&A projects over more than a decade. While being a SIG Champion of Future Devices and Technologies at Cambridge Wireless, she has recently co-founded Unbounded Future, a Deeptech consulting firm based in London. Previously Nadia led Emerging Technologies at NTT Data UK where she supervised R&D and innovation in Augmented (AR) & Virtual Reality (VR), AI, and IoT. Nadia is a supporter of Women in STEM initiatives and is a mentor at the University College London (UCL) IXN programme. She is an industry advisor to IoTerra, a USA-based B2B marketplace for IoT products and was a co-producer for the GIANT Health Event.

David Crawford - Emeritus Professor, Computer Science & Electronic Engineering, University of Essex, Professor, Digital Media Research, Ravensbourne University

David Crawford is Visiting Professor at University of Essex Colchester, and Emeritus Professor at Ravensbourne University London. David has worked for over 50 years across the telecoms/broadcast industries and UK academic institutions. His research interests are in new imaging techniques, applications for mixed reality technologies, and networks for multidimensional media. David facilitates and lectures in the UK on Degree Apprenticeship courses, promoting work-based learning curricula and collaborative industry-academia training.

David has worked in senior positions at BT, RE, Crown Castle and Harris Broadcast, and as a Director of a start-up company, TeamCast, in France. He has run his own technical consultancy company, and chairs and presents regularly at international events. David is a Member of the Royal Television Society, Fellow of SMPTE, Special-Interest-Group Champion for Cambridge Wireless on Content Production & Delivery, and Honorary Chairman of the Creative Science Foundation. He has previously served as a Council/Board Member of the Institute of Engineering & Technology (IET), the Conference Chair at IBC, and Executive Chair at the ‘mixed reality’ Community Interest Company, PlayLa.bZ.

Tony Lavender - Senior Advisor, Plum Consulting

Tony Lavender is a managing partner at Plum Consulting. He has more than 35 years experience in technology, communications regulation, policy and spectrum management. His clients include governments, equipment vendors, network operators and regulators. Tony was a specialist adviser to the UK Parliament 2016 Culture, Media and Sport Committee Inquiry into “Establishing world class connectivity throughout the UK”, he chairs the Steering Board of the UK Spectrum Policy Forum and he was a member of the UK Government’s Expert Panel, established as part of the UK Spectrum Strategy, on “Incorporating Social Value into Spectrum Allocation Decisions”. He has worked on a wide range of studies including on the 5G mmWave ecosystem, spectrum sharing, spectrum valuation and more broadly on electronic communications infrastructure strategy. Tony is a Chartered Engineer and a member of the UK Institution of Engineering and Technology.

Chris Nokes - Senior Technical Advisor, Ofcom

Chris is Head of Distribution Core Technologies Section at BBC Research & Development. With over thirty years' experience in Broadcasting R&D, Chris has been involved in the development of digital television since 1994, including as a key contributor to the DVB-T2 technical study group, and editor of the DVB-T2 specification and Chair of the RF Group of the UK Digital Television Group (DTG).

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